Reza Shahabi, a leading
member of Bus Workers' Syndicate
still incarcerated and in
Reza Shahabi Treasurer and
board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company
who was arrested on June 12th of this year is still incarcerated, and his
release still undetermined. Although a bond of 60 million Tomans has been
posted for him by his family, he has not been freed yet.
Mrs. Robabeh Rezaie, the
spouse of Mr. Shahabi, in conversation with “Mardomak” while emphasizing
his undetermined status mentioned that the charge against him is “contacts
with foreigners.” Mr. Shahabi's interrogator has told Mrs. Rezaie that he
has not cooperated with his interrogator and the judicial system and until
and unless he does so he won’t be released. According to her, attorneys in
the case after four months of incarceration, still have no access to any
files on their client, and have no knowledge of any details in the charges.
Back on October 10 of 2010,
“revolutionary court” had determined that by posting a 60 million Tomans
bond this labour activist would be freed. Mrs. Rezaie says that the amount
was prepared and given to authorities. They had promised he would be
released on 12th of October. While the family waited for his
release until 1:30 AM in front of the Evin Prison, they were told that he
will not be released. There were rumors of increased bond, but we haven’t
officially been notified.
Reza Shahabi a Law major and
a graduate of “Payam Nor” university, was supporting the expelled workers
from the Bus Company by providing them with legal counsel. This labour
activist himself was suspended from Bus Company back in 2005 due to his
labour activism. He continued his education, obtaining his high school
diploma and then embarking on his legal studies.
According to Mrs. Rezaie
during the five years that Mr. Shahabi was suspended from working at Bus
Company family’s income and his studies were supported by temporary jobs,
mechanical and other wise, and financially the family had experienced very
The 37 years old Treasurer of
the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran Bus Company has an 11 year old daughter,
and a 12 years old son. Mrs. Rezaie says that during all these years she
was very aware of his capacity as a social activist, and that he taking on
“a very hard and dangerous task and responsibility.” Yet she emphasizes
that since he was not engaged in any illegal or improper activity, and was
only defending workers’ rights, she never prevented him from his
activities, and even now fully confident she declares that he has not
committed any crime to be incarcerated for.
Mrs. Rezaie demands from law
enforcement authorities to expedite this labour activist’s case, because
“enduring this indetermination is very arduous.”
Reza Shahabi was arrested at
Bus Co. building on June 12 2010. Before taking him to Evin Prison security
agents took him to his house and after searching his house, confiscated his
Translated by IASWI
Reza Shahabi still in
jail despite posting bail
According to the latest news from Iran, Reza Shahabi,
Treasurer and board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and
Suburbs Bus Company, who has been incarcerated since June 12, 2010, was
scheduled to be released on bail on October 11, 2010; however, the
authorities refused to release him despite the order for his conditional
release by a judge.
On October 11, 2010, tens of family members and friends
of Reza Shahabi gathered outside the Evin Prison to welcome Shahabi after
his family had deposited 60 million Toman (about 57,000 US Dollar) as
surety. After staying outside prison until after midnight, in spite of cold
weather and rain, prison authorities refused to free Shahabi.
Reza Shahabi continues to be detained in Evin Prison.
According to unconfirmed reports, the bail amount for Shahabi has been
increased to 100,000,000 toman. There are reports that Reza Shahabi has
been under pressures and interrogation to “collaborate” with prison
authorities; this is despite the fact that he has already spent more than
four months in prison without any justifiable reasons.
There is no justification whatsoever to keep Shahabi in
prison. Reza Shahabi is a well-known and highly respected worker and labour
leader in Iran and his imprisonment is a gross violation of human rights
and international labour standards.
Free Reza Shahabi Now!
Free Mansour Osanloo and Ebrahim Madadi!
Free all jailed labour activists now!
Report by: International
Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran
Sample Protest Letter (Updated
October 23, 2010):
Free Tehran bus workers'
Free all jailed workers
I (we) am (are) writing this to demand an immediate and
unconditional freedom of all imprisoned representatives and members of the
Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company and the Coordinating
Committee to Help Form Workers' Organizations and other independent labour
activists in Iran.
As of this time, three leaders and elected
representatives of Vahed Syndicate are in prison:. Mansour Osanloo,
Syndicate's president of the board of director (serving five year jail
sentence since 2007, Ebrahim Madadi, Vice-President (serving 3.5 year jail
sentence since late 2007); and Reza Shahabi, Treasurer (arrested on June
12, 2010). Reza Shahabi, board member and treasurer
of the bus workers' syndicate has been charged with "contacts with
foreigners" and despite the posting of 60 million toman bail has not
been released. His wife has been told by his interrogator that because he
is not cooperating with them they would not release him.
Moreover, many members of the Coordinating Committee to
Help Form Workers' Organizations in different cities have been targeted and
persecuted by authorities and are facing charges and jail sentences. Also
Mr. Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, a member of The Committee to Pursue the
Establishment of Free Workers’ Organizations, is spending his fourth month
I (we) demand immediate and unconditional freedom of
Osanloo, Madadi and Shahabi, Ebrahimzadeh and other labour activists. I
(we) condemn the continuous gross attacks on human and workers’ rights in
Iran. I (we) demand the immediate and unconditional freedom of all labour
activists and political prisoners and call on the government to respect the
right to organize, assemble and freedom of association and expression.
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